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It’s Time For Spring Cleaning!

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Spring CleaningNow that the weather is finally warmer and spring really seems to be here, it’s time to tackle some of those nasty cleaning jobs you’ve been putting off. If you’re planning to put your house on the market, or getting ready to leave a rental for your newly purchased home, take on these projects now. Don’t procrastinate.


We don’t know how it happens, but refrigerator drawers and shelves seem to collect gunk and goo. We can swipe them with a wet cloth on the fly, but at least a couple times a year we need to remove all the contents and give those shelves and drawers a really good scrub. Typically, these pieces are too large to fit in the sink, so consider taking them outside. Use a biodegradable cleaner and wash them out over your lawn so that the water does double duty.


Those beautiful rugs that kept our toes cozy all winter are due for a good beating. Of course, you can vacuum them as well, but sometimes a good shaking or whacking with a broom or rug beater is just the ticket. Make sure you have a sturdy clothesline or balcony rail to hang them over. Letting them air out in the fresh outdoors can help get rid of that musty winter odor too.


Though wonderful for controlling sunlight, mini-blinds are a housekeeper’s nightmare. Dusting each of those little slats, or even using special tools doesn’t always work. At least once a year, lay them out on the lawn and give those blinds a good spray with an eco-friendly degreaser. Then, use the hose and a spray nozzle to wash off all the grime. Dry them in the warm sun before hanging them back up.

Comforters and Duvets

Take your large blankets, comforters, duvets and quilts and wash them in your own large capacity washer or take them to a nearby Laundromat. But, rather than pay for all that drying time, bring them home and hang them out on a sturdy clothesline or railing to dry outdoors. Giving them a good airing out can give them a lovely freshness and prepares them to be packed away until the cold weather returns.

Trash cans

Even when you use bags, your trashcans are subject to grime and ooze. Line them all up on the edge of the patio, fill them with organic dish soap and put the kids to scrubbing with big sponges. If a water-fight ensues, all the better! Once the cans are clean, let them dry outdoors.


While all your carpets, trashcans, quilts and blinds are drying in the sun, now is a good time to mop those floors, dust the overhead fans and tackle the windows. Of course, spring-cleaning all goes more quickly if you round up the whole family to help for just one day a year.

If you’re getting ready to sell your home, there are some other items you should consider tackling too. Give us a call and we can tell you just where you need to invest the most time and effort.


Why Use Wood-Look Tile?

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Wood-Look Tile

A newer trend sweeping the building industry is the use of wood-look porcelain or ceramic tiles. While natural wood flooring is still an optimal choice for most homes, here are some reasons you may want to take a second look at wood-look or wood-grain tiles:

Humidity situations:

  • Moisture: if you live in a humid or moist climate, natural wood may succumb to warping or swelling when exposed to excess moisture. Fluctuations in humidity levels where the level in the air is higher than the level in the wood can cause a condition known as “cupping.” Cupping is when the floor has a washboard appearance and feels uneven underfoot.
  • Lack of moisture: in the reverse situation, where the wood has more moisture than the air, the moisture in the wood evaporates and causes shrinkage. In plank wood flooring, gaps may form between the planks. Parquet flooring exposed to low humidity may loosen and break apart. Even in typically high-humidity areas, running a furnace in the winter can reduce indoor humidity enough to damage wood flooring.
  • Properly laid porcelain or ceramic wood-look plank tiles give the rich look of wood, but do not swell or shrink with excess humidity or arid conditions.

Temperature control:

  • In warm climates, the cost of air conditioning can be a budget breaker. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are cooler to the touch and can help reduce the need for excessive air-conditioning.
  • At the same time, ceramic and porcelain tile is not as cool to the touch as marble, for example, so in colder climates it is not too cold in the wintertime. If your climate tends to extremes, you can mitigate the cold flooring in winter by installing radiant or hydronic (circulate water) heating mats under the tile.


  • Tile comes in five varying grades of durability rated from light traffic to extra heavy traffic. The choice of tile should reflect the traffic and use that it will receive. Tile strength is graded by the Porcelain Enamel Institute and rated for hardness from Group 0 (only wall tile) to Group 1 (I, or PEI1) through Group 5 (V, or PEI5).
  • Compared to wood or carpet, ceramic or porcelain tile is water, stain and wear resistant. That means you can get a wood look in your kitchen or bath and not worry about damaging the floor if your dishwasher floods or the kids start a water fight in the shower.
  • Scratches can mar the look of wood flooring, requiring expensive sanding and refinishing. Laminate flooring like Pergo cannot be repaired once scratched—those individual planks need to be replaced. Depending on the grade, ceramic or porcelain tile is nearly impervious to scratches from normal wear and tear, so if you’re one of those homeowners that like to move the furniture every week or two, but love the look of wood flooring, wood-like tiles are a win-win.

Resale value

For homeowners, along with all other considerations is the concept of resale value and return on investment (ROI). Wood flooring increases home values, but wood-look ceramic or porcelain tile can add the same or similar value over the long-term. Additionally, tile often is less expensive to install, so your return on investment can be even greater.

The best choice is the choice that fits you and your family’s lifestyle, continues to look good for years and is easy to maintain.

Perform Due Diligence

One thing you have to know is that some of the tile that comes from other areas of the world may have chemicals or materials that you would not want in your home.  I recently talked to a home decorator who told me that some there are manufacturers in China who include formaldehyde in the making of certain ceramic tile.  So make sure you check the Master Standard Data Sheet to see what in in the product before you purchase it.


The Sedona Real Estate Experience Is All About You!

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As customers, there is no magic formula that tells us how we can make our journey as trouble-free as possible. But a good Realtor® can help navigate the journey with you in mind. It takes real flair to be able to make it look easy and make the experience … all about you!

One of my foremost traits is the ability to connect with people. I genuinely care for people and want to share my love of real estate with all my clients and customers. I will listen to your request and concerns and you will find that not only do I LISTEN to what you say, I put what you say into effect! My enthusiasm for real estate is contagious and the more you see me in action, you will realize the choice you made was the right one.

The experience is all about YOU! It is not about your Realtor® or anyone else. You are the one who will be buying or selling the property. No one else matters. I get this. You will find that I will help you and work with you anyway you see fit. The Realtor’s goal should be to make your experience as enjoyable as possible. If nothing else, your Realtor® should make the process transparent and be able to smooth out the ebb and flow of each wave that the real estate process brings. All real estate agents provide services, what makes me different and better is that I will provide solutions that are unique to your situation.  I am YOUR Solutions Realtor®.

You can learn more about me at or go to the About Me” menu item in the header.  I can help you.  Get started today!

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How Important Are Rain Gutters To Home Maintenance?

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How Important are Rain Gutters to Home Maintenance? #sedonarealestate,If you’ve owned a home for a while, you know that water entering the home can be at least a hassle and at worst a cause of major destruction. Not only should keeping water from sneaking into those tiny cracks and crevices be a priority, it could make the difference between owning an asset and owning a money pit. One of the primary ways to protect your home from undesirable moisture is installing gutters.


Most people think that the sole purpose of rain gutters is to direct water coming off the roof toward downspouts to keep it from dripping on their heads over doorways. The value of gutters is much more that that, however. Not only that, water moving off a roof can roll under the drip edge of the roof and seep under soffits and eaves, weakening the wood. It seeps between the joints or masonry and the framework, exposing your home to mold and other damage. If subject to freezing temperatures, the water inside the wood freezes and swells, causing internal damage to beams, joists and framing. Another benefit to rain gutters and downspouts is controlling the flow of water away from your home and off your property.

When water is controlled, instead of just pouring off of the roof slope, it can:

– Prevent damage to siding.
– Prevent staining on brickwork.
– Preserve overhead garage doors and exterior doors from damage.
– Stabilize soil and the home’s foundation.
– Prevent sidewalks, patios and driveways from settling and landscaping from erosion.
– Protect basements and crawlspaces from flooding.

Doing gutters right

There is much more to gutter installation than simply hanging them from the eaves. In order for gutters to function correctly, they need to have the correct pitch. In general, the gutters should drop one inch in slope for every ten feet in length so that the water runs toward the downspout rather than pooling up in a low spot.

Check your gutters to make certain they are correctly sloped by placing a hose at the closed end of your gutter and allow the running water to gently flow into and through the gutter. Water should only flow toward the downspout.

Downspouts matter too

Make certain that your downspout actually direct the water away from the structure of your home. Optimal would be extending the terminal end of the downspout several feet away from your home’s foundation or onto a concrete or vinyl downspout extension. Alternatively, install underground drainage that leads away from your home’s foundation to the street gutter, or to a drywell.Downspout drainage

In the picture on the right, the downspout is 3 inches from the wall of the home. When there is rain, the 3 inch drain is designed to carry the water away from the property. The downspout and the drain are to close to the foundation. If the rain is heavy, water could seep into the wall and down to the foundation. Drainage fix The above picture shows the downspout going straight into the drain.  No water can escape.  In the rare case of a monsoon microburst, there is a larger 6 inch drain that can take up any additional water.  The drain funnel is designed to enter at an angle causing a vacuum effect to suck up water fast.  Two other downspouts next to the home were re-engineered to eliminate potential corrosion (see below).  At the same time the drainpipe was enlarged all the way to the edge of the property to accommodate more flow and push the water into the natural ravine behind the home.  For most homes this might be the street gutters or sewer pipes.

Sometimes, the end of the downspout gets damaged or smashed. Over time, downspouts that are covered by soil tend to corrode. When this happens, water and debris can back up into the downspout and gutter, rendering them useless and setting up your home for potential damage. A corroded downspout may allow water to seep into the foundation causing additional damage.


Make certain gutters are clear of leaves and debris.  After a major storm, even if your roof has not sustained major damage, clear shingle residue from gutters to avoid problematic buildup. In Sedona, schedule cleaning gutters in spring and fall schedules.

Here in Arizona, the heaviest rainfall starts in Monsoon. Monsoon activity starts around June 15th and goes through September 15th. We can get microbursts that dump rain at a rate of 6 inches an hour but usually last a very short time. We need to plan for this well in advance.


If you’re looking at a home to buy, make sure the home has gutters installed. If you want to increase the value of a home you’re selling, installing gutters gives buyers peace of mind about potential water problems.

 As always, you can rely me for on all real estate related questions.

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Sedona Real Estate – Early Spring Landscaping – A Prescription For Winter Blues!

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Early Spring Landscaping Gets Us Out of the Winter Funk!

Early Spring LandscapingMost people who have recently purchased Sedona real estate may not be aware of the high & low temperatures and how it may affect what you plant in your garden.  You can find the information at Ricks World Sedona (  On the home page, you will see a tab for “Weather”.  Select this tab and you have years of data at your fingertips. Bulbs, tubers, perennials and indigenous plants beautify your home and give year-round enjoyment for decades to come. If you bought your Sedona home or other real estate, in the fall or winter, you may not know what is under the snow or mulch, but you can prepare for spring planting anyway and liven up the atmosphere with color inside your home as well. Bulbs and tubers planted in the spring typically bloom in the summer. To get a head start on those blooms, consider forcing bulbs indoors. Sedona Real Estate Bulbs There are two types of bulb: those that are native to warmer climates and those native to colder climates. A warm climate bulb, like an amaryllis or paperwhite narcissus can be grown indoors without chilling in a pot or shallow bowl and then transferred outdoors when the weather warms. Amaryllis come in reds, whites, pinks, peaches and yellows. If you like, you can grow these bulbs in soil or simply in a shallow bowl with pebbles and water to hold them in place. They usually bloom about four weeks after you begin watering them. It is ideal to keep stems short so that they remain sturdy. To do this, keep them in indirect light and temperatures around 50°F for the first couple of weeks. Move them to a lighter, warmer location after that. Cooler climate bulbs require chilling at temperatures of 35-45°F in order to stimulate the bulb to start developing. Most of these bulbs need four to five months of cooling before they begin developing and forming flowers inside the bulb. If you don’t already have bulbs, consider purchasing pre-chilled bulbs from a nursery. Once you expose the bulbs to warmth of around 60°F with indirect light, either indoors or outdoors, they will begin blooming in about three to four weeks. When you have shoots between three and five inches high, you can move them to a sunny window. Once the buds have color, if you are keeping them indoors you should move them to indirect light and they will bloom longer. Great cooler climate bulbs include tulips, hyacinths and daffodils, all of which come in a variety of colors and have fascinating names like Apricot Beauty (tulip), Negrita (purple tulip), Orange Emperor (orange tulip), Peter Pan (white crocus), Pickwick (striped crocus), Bridal Gown (double creamy daffodil) and February Gold (miniature yellow daffodil). Tubers, corms and rhizomes Other “bulb-like” plants are actually tubers (like potatoes) and tuberous roots (like sweet potatoes), corms or rhizomes. For example, a crocus is actually a corm. Other corms include gladiolus and freesia. Begonia, anemones, caladiums and cyclamen are tubers, while dahlias and daylilies are tuberous roots. Begonia and caladiums make great indoor blooms. Rhizomes include tiny delicate blooms like lily-of-the-valley and the tall brilliant flowering stems of canna. Irises are a creeping rhizome which means that they fill in space in dense clumps year after year unless separated and replanted further apart. There are more than 300 species of iris, but the best ones to grow indoors are the dwarf irises. They need to be chilled for about eight weeks in barely moist soil and shoots will form before you need to bring them into a sunny location. Curb appeal Forcing bulbs, rhizomes, corms and tubers indoors means that you can add a bright spot of color to your flowerbeds as soon as the weather warms.  


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Arizona Is Like Much Of The Sahara Desert…

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I think not….


When a person who has never been to the Arizona desert, shuts their eyes and visualizes the #redrockrealestate“desert” landscape, they normally think of a picture of sand dunes from “Lawrence of Arabia” or maybe Star Wars “Tatooine“! Some may think of a lone tumbleweed rolling across the sand. But in reality, Arizona deserts are not the arid, parched, hot wasteland they are perceived to be.  Many times when showing a customer Sedona real estate, they perceive Sedona weather to be just as hot as Phoenix. Arizona has many climate zones and the weather in Sedona is not at all the same as Phoenix. Sedona is in the transitional area below The Great Basin Desert.

Arizona is Home to All 4 North American Deserts

Actually, Arizona is the only state that is home to all 4 of the major deserts in North America.  Here are the 4:

1. The Great Basin which is the largest of the North American deserts and is ranked 9th overall in the world.  Most of the area is in Nevada, small parts of Utah, Idaho and Northern Arizona area. It transitions to the Colorado Plateau and further south into Red Rock Country.

2. The Mojave (number 21 on the list of world deserts) is mainly in Southeastern California but juts into Arizona on the western area of the state.

3. The Chihuahuan (ranked 10th) is largely in Mexico but bleeds over into Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

4. The Sonoran covers most of Central & Southern Arizona from Phoenix to the south into Mexico. The Sonoran Desert is 14th on the list of world deserts.  The pictures below come from the displays of the Desert Botanical Garden.

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Desert Botanical Garden

I had an opportunity to visit the Desert Botanical Garden.  It was a very peaceful and find Sedona homes for sale #sedonaselectpropertiesrelaxing visit.  The Gardens feature Sonoran Desert plants.  Of course Spring is one of the best times to visit the Gardens.  The weather is great and the plants, trees and flowers are blooming.  Most of the birds and other little creatures including bunnies are starting the mating rituals.  There are some roadrunners that habitat there and if you visit you might just catch more than a glimpse of them!

find homes in Village of Oak Creek #bigpark #vocrealestateThere are over 140 acres with 50,000 plants, trees and other exhibits including restaurants and a company store.  The Desert Botanical Garden is one of only 24 gardens accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

We decided to take the guided tour and we are glad we did.  It gives you an overview of the garden, the mission and the vision of that has been carried forward from the original founding members of which Gertrude Webster was a dominant member.  Search for #1 Sedona Arizona Realtor Sheri Sperry #1SedonarealtorTheir goal was to educate others to appreciate the Sonoran Desert and all it has to offer.  The Garden continues today to promote the original stewardship set by the founders.  The facilities are used for fund raisers, adult classes and trips, kids programs, digital learning for students and teachers. You can even learn horticulture and landscaping techniques. search for Sedona luxury homes for sale #sedonarealestateThe Garden also provides scholarship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students.  There is also a Desert Botanical Garden Research Department.

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Tax Tips for New Homeowners

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Tax Tips for New HomeownersTax Tips for new Sedona homeowners!

Congratulations, You are a new homeowner in the Sedona area!

As a new Sedona homeowner, whether you purchased a condominium, cooperative apartment, single-family home, townhouse or mobile home, your home-sweet-home affects your tax status. If this is the first year you’ll be filing your taxes as a homeowner, there are a few things you need to know to take the most advantage of your new status. Before filing your taxes, be sure to discuss each of these with your tax professional.

File a Schedule A

If you’ve been used to using the EZ forms to file your taxes, you’ll need to remember to use the 1040 Schedule A instead. It is more complicated than taking the standard deduction, but you’ll be able to itemize costs like mortgage interest, property taxes, the points you paid to get your loan, and mortgage insurance.

  • Mortgage interest: By far the biggest tax break, your mortgage interest is the biggest expense reflected in your house payment. In fact, most of what you pay in your monthly mortgage payment often is interest. In fact, unless your loan is for more than $1 million, you may be able to deduct all of that interest.
  • Home equity line of credit: In general, equity debts up to $100,000* are fully deductible.
  • Points: If you paid points in order to get a more favorable interest rate on your home purchase, the IRS lets you deduct them in the year that you paid them under certain qualifications. Those qualifications include, among other things, that you used the loan to purchase or build your main residence, and are an established practice in your locality. Points paid on a loan for a second home typically must be amortized over the life of the loan.

In addition to the items connected directly with your home, the Schedule A also allows you to itemize personal property tax, state withholding and local taxes. If you donated furniture, clothing, appliances, and other items to charity when you moved, you’ll be able to itemize your charitable deductions as well.

Know your exemptions

When you file a W-4 with your employer, you choose the exemptions you are allowed to claim. When you own a home, you may be able to claim more exemptions on our paycheck. Carefully balancing your exemptions allows you to take home more money in your paycheck during the year, giving you more cash in hand to pay on your mortgage.


If you don’t know the questions to ask, or if you want to purchase a home so that you can take advantage of tax breaks for next year, contact us. We are your real estate professionals and we can keep you up to date on the latest information on the benefits of homeownership. Also, if this is your first home ownership, you may want to take advantage of a tax professional to assist you in gathering all your deductions.

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Cornville Home For Sale in Verde Santa Fe

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This VSF Cornville Home For Sale is in the 55 Plus ~ Gated Community

Verde Santa Fe Home For Sale

This Cornville 2 bedroom home for sale with 1.75 baths and 1371 square feet which is located in the 55 + neighborhood of Verde Santa Fe (VSF) is a unique property.  It is a detached home. Very few homes in this neighborhood have this feature.  It has no common walls with any other unit.  It is located in a gated community and sits on a desirable cul-de-sac lot with a community buffer zone which offers more space around this particular home.

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For those who enjoy outdoor activities as well as social activities and events, this community has it all. This neighborhood has it’s own separate pool area and is part of the larger community clubhouse and pool area. Golf is located nearby.

This home will be available in the first week of March 2015! There are already interested parties and the property will be priced in a desirable range. (This property is no longer for sale) 🙁  – But Sheri can find you a home that will fit your needs, wants and desires.  Just call her at 928-274-7355.

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Want Something To Do On President’s Day In Sedona?

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Sheri Sperry & Omar Kenney – Teaming Up For Open House on President’s Day 2015 in Chapel Area of Sedona!

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Omar Kenney of Bay Equity Home Loans will be on hand to answer questions and help you determine your home mortgage needs.  You can depend on Omar to give you immediate and personal attention.


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This is one stop shopping at it’s best. Work with the area sales manager and a top Sedona REALTOR® at the same time!  Enjoy a tour of the the LOWEST price per square foot in the Chapel Area. This home is a SUPER value at the price it is being offered. Want to see what a tripple pane window looks like?  

Visit this property.  Check out the views in person. Views to the southwest include Cathedral Rock while the views to the east include the Chapel area. 

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New High-Tech Home Gadgets For Your Sedona Home

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New High-Tech Home GadgetsYour Sedona home, no matter how old it is, can be upgraded with the latest high tech gadgets.

As with The Jetsons cartoon, our imaginations run wild with the idea of modern gadgets to make our homes efficient and automated, and make our lives simpler. For cutting-edge products you can control from your smartphone, check out these contributions from the International Consumer Electronics Show. Held each year in Las Vegas, the event showcases technological advances and products that offer cutting-edge advances in consumer technology.

Home security

Home security cameras work well when you’re home, but what about when you’re away? The DoorBird home security camera sends an alert to your smartphone every time your doorbell is rung. The integrated speaker system allows you to talk to the visitor even if you’re not there, and keeps track of who comes and goes. You can even open your door for delivery, cleaning and repair personnel from another room or another location.

The system comes with a motion sensor, Wi-Fi connection and available add-on cameras. The DoorBird runs from an app on your Apple iOS or Android device.


No matter how efficient the heating and air-conditioning is in your home, one room or another may be warmer or cooler than the rest of the home simply due to its orientation to the sun. There is no longer any reason for one room to be sweltering and another to be freezing with the Ecovent.

Working with your existing central air system, the Ecovent replaces your current wall, floor or ceiling vents with battery-powered vents that open and close automatically to send the cool air to where it’s needed most. The system knows the temperature in every room and adjusts the vents accordingly. Operating from your smart phone app, the system also works with smart thermostats such as the Nest learning thermostat. Easily installed by most do-it-yourself-ers, the Ecovent system improves energy efficiency by up to 30 percent.


Okay, your home doesn’t really have an attitude, but you do. And bright an early in the morning it can be a little testy until you get your first jolt of caffeine. Or, what about a fresh cup when you walk through the door at then end of a long day? Introducing the Smarter Wi-Fi coffee machine that grinds, brews and pours your coffee all from the control of your smartphone app.

This coffee maker alerts you when your coffee is ready and offers you a fresh cup of coffee when it detects that you’ve arrived home. While there are other smart coffee makers on the market, this one differs in that it brews a single serving instead of an entire carafe.

Having high-tech gadgets for your home is great, but what if you just need the home? I can help you with that. Give me a call at 928-274-7355 and I will help you find a home for all those gadgets to go in.

Growing an Indoor Garden

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Growing an Indoor GardenSomething to think about this time of year is growing an indoor garden. With several more weeks of winter to go here in Sedona, you might be hankering for some fresh greens, herbs or sprouts in your diet. Changes and improvements in lighting, soil and planting techniques mean that you can grow lovely plants in your home year round. You can have a simple herb garden or an elaborate hydroponic system.

Container gardening is a collection of pots, jars, boxes or other containers that can hold a plant medium (soil, commercial soil-less mixtures, sand, bark or mulch). The medium supplies the plant’s roots with nutrients, moisture, air and physical support. Hydroponic or aquaponic gardening uses fertilized water (sometimes including live fish) as the growth medium.

9 indoor garden ideas:

Here are a variety of indoor gardening ideas. Add one to your décor and give your home a much-needed lift in the winter months.

  • Terrarium: you can create a terrarium in a jar, hurricane lamp or unused fish tank.
  • Force bulbs: Tulips, amaryllis, hyacinth, narcissus, crocus and other bulb plants can be “forced” to bloom indoors in the winter.
  • Simple terra cotta pots: Start your herbs in small pots on the windowsill. In the spring, you can transfer them outside.
  • Rock garden: Grow succulents or parasitic plants on a rock. Since they don’t need soil they can live for months with periodic watering.
  • Hanging planters: When space is limited, hang planters on the wall or from a hook in the ceiling. A variety of options can be found at retailers like Home Depot.
  • Mini greenhouse: For herbs, cherry tomatoes and other hothouse plants, try a mini greenhouse like this one at IKEA.
  • Potted citrus trees: Grow you own oranges, lemons, limes or cumquats in an indoor pot and add some homegrown vitamin C to your diet.
  • Mason jars: Set mason jars in the windowsill or shelf and grow simple herbs like rosemary, cilantro and basil.
  • Plant table: Buy or build a garden table for your living room. A plant table is like a box with legs. You can plant directly into the box, or fill it with small pots.

Environmental control

If you don’t heat your entire home throughout the winter, consider a soil heat mat for your garden. Sort of like a heating pad for your plants, the soil heat mat keeps the soil warm from underneath. Most plants thrive best at about 75-85°F and a heat mat will keep the soil at the perfect temperature.

Automatic watering systems can keep your plants moist even if you forget. The same as an outdoor drip system, a series of tiny tubes supply water on a timer system. A simpler and more mobile option is the use a watering globe. Typically made of hand-blown glass, you fill the globe with water once a week or so, place it tube side down into the soil and it keeps the soil moist. Homemade water globes (from wine or glass soda bottles) will work as well.

Finally, consider the light. If you don’t have a well-lit window, or if you’re winter days are often overcast, consider a grow light. These come in a variety of intensities and sizes. A gardening shop can advise you on the best light for your situation.

If you’re selling your home in the winter, simple indoor plants can add cheerful appeal for potential homebuyers. I can advise you on the best way to include plants when staging your home for an open house, so contact me today and let me get started.

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Need Healthy Pet Food Choices for Your Furry Companion? Try Buddies Grocery in Sedona!

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Are you looking for healthy pet food for your kitty and puppy? It just so happens I was passing by the Tequa Festival Marketplace and saw a new shop “Buddy’s Grocery”.

Well, my curiosity got to me.  I am always looking for places that I can recommend to my customers.  Once I entered the store, I realized that it was a grocery store for your furry family companions.

I was greeted by Suann the owner and we started to chat about our pets and the healthy foods and treats that were available.  They offer natural dog and cat food that is healthy and manufactured exclusively in the USA

They had a very successful store in Colorado called Green Buddies USA.  However Suann & Josef wanted to be closer to their family in Arizona.

They have done a great job with the store located in The Tequa Festival Marketplace.  You will enjoy the friendly atmosphere and  easy shopping for your 4 legged companion.

I have a finicky cat and already tried some cat food that Suann recommended.  Kitty loved it!  So you know I will be back to pick up more little treats.

For those of you who live close by, the address is:

7000 State Hwy 179

Suite A-100

Sedona, AZ 86351

 Wednesday thru Sunday 10 am to 7 pm

Tequa Festival Marketplace – Village of Oak Creek

Sedona Marathon Competes With Superbowl!

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Sedona Marathon Expects 2,500 Participants – Race Day – Jan 31st !

Sedona Marathon

The Sedona Marathon one of Sedona’s premier winter events is in competition with the Superbowl crowds this year.  According to the Sedona Red Rock News, last year 2,611 people crossed the finish lines.  But this year the Superbowl which will be held the very next day in Glendale Arizona may just siphon off some of those folks who want to take part in the events leading up to the Superbowl

Last year the runners brought close to $2.7 million in revenue to Sedona.  70% of the participants stayed in area hotels and timeshares while 80% said they ate out and over 50% did some shopping.  Normally, the marathon is held the first Saturday in February.  This year there was some scheduling conflicts and it was decided that the Sedona Marathon should be moved up one week.  It was a difficult decision.

For those who do plan to attend,  you cannot ask for a more picturesque setting.  The crisp morning air and magnificent surroundings of Boynton Canyon are part of the formula that keeps the Sedona Marathon increasing participation year after year. The Sedona Marathon participation grows about 8% to 13% a year.

The Sedona Marathon is just one of the many winter events that brings people to this scenic area year after year.

If you have any questions about Sedona feel free to contact me or visit my website under search communities.  Just cursor down to the different websites available to learn more about Sedona.

Arizona Tourism ~ Know Before You Go

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Arizona Tourism & the Superbowl XLIX – Glendale Arizona

Arizona Tourism literally shines this time of year. If you are  coming to Arizona for the sun and fun, you are going to want to know what to do, where to go, when the events are scheduled and other places to see while you are here in our beautiful state.  If you are like me,  you don’t have a lot of time to spend researching all the great spots to go to.  Hopefully, I can point you in the right direction right here. The websites below will provide you with enough content to plan your vacation or your visit.

This is Peak Season for Phoenix & Arizona

Because of our beautiful weather this time of year, visitors from colder climates love to come here to spend some time and thaw out from their chilly, or down right cold weather! Outdoor sports are at their peak including golf, hiking and biking.  The Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction is going on right now in Scottsdale.

Below you will find the websites to visit for information about Phoenix, things to do, where to eat and other events and special offers.  If you haven’t booked a hotel or place to stay, you may be out-of-luck.  Be prepared to spend premium $$ for a room or rental to see the  visit the area.  You may find accommodations in areas that are further away from the action but require traveling some distance to get to the heart of the action.  Try to book some time to see us in Sedona (about 1 hour and 45 minutes north of Scottsdale).  It is one of the most beautiful areas of the United States and you won’t be disappointed with your trip. Check out my website for things to do under Search Communities. Select Sedona and cursor down to “Other Informative Sedona Websites“.

I also have some great pictures on my Pinterest Account – check out the “WOW – Arizona” tab.

Websites for Phoenix and Superbowl

You can learn about everything you want to know about Phoenix, Glendale and the events from these two websites.

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Don’t forget that the Grand Canyon is also a must see if you have time.

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Our Arizona Tourism has so many wonderful areas in Northern Arizona to see.  You can take the Grand Canyon Railway out of Williams to go to the Grand Canyon.  It a a wonderful experience and is a more relaxing way to see one of the Wonders of the World.  Plan a long day if you are traveling out of the Phoenix area. i recommend staying overnight in Sedona or Williams for the train trip. If you stay in Sedona, Williams is about an hour north.

Northern Arizona also is home to Jerome, a copper mining and ghost town with quaint shops and art galleries. the website offers a quick look at other local communities as well.  There is another train trip (Verde Canyon RR) you can take that goes through the Verde Canyon in Clarkdale about a 40 minute ride from Sedona.  Also, for those wine lovers, we have some nice wineries you can visit or tour in the Verde Valley.  There are tasting rooms in many areas of the Verde Valley including Sedona, and Old Town Cottonwood.  ~ Verde Valley Wine Trail ~

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The famous corner in Winslow made possible by the Eagles hit song.

Further to the northeast from Flagstaff off Interstate 40 which follows Historic Route 66, you will find Meteor Crater.  It is a sight to behold and just a little further east.  There is Winslow Arizona, home of that famous corner made popular in the song by the Eagles.  and the Historic La Posada Hotel.  This is a must see location if you are out that way.

You might want to head south of Phoenix and visit the Tucson area where you can find old mining towns like Bisbee and Tombstone. Check out other Arizona Ghost Towns here.

Arizona has a rich history from the “Wild West” days.  You should take some of it in while you are here enjoying are warm winter weather.  If you enjoy hiking and caves, start your search here.

I hope that the friendly attitude of our Arizona Tourism will help you enjoy your time in our wonderful state.  As always, if you have any questions, feel free to call me.  Contact Sheri Sperry or visit my website if you are searching for real estate in the Sedona Verde Valley area. – Cursor down the page for instant property search buttons and other websites to learn about the Sedona Verde Valley.



A Christmas Wish

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A Christmas wish From Sheri Sperry and family.

I would like to take this moment to thank all my Sedona real estate clients who are now my friends as well as life long friends and family.  This is the season to wish all much happiness as we close out this year and hope that you all your dreams come true in 2015.

My family, part of who are pictured in this Christmas card below had a wonderful year.  We just celebrated Samantha and Ricky’s first anniversary in November. Rick and I are blessed to have them close by.  Samantha both work locally right here in Sedona.  Both are doing very well at work.  We are proud parents!  We have another son Ryan, who lives and works in Riverside County CA.  Ryan works for the Veterans Administration at our National Cemetery in Riverside CA.  ….and then there was Mittens!  She is our lovable lap cat, who spends all her time with us when we are home.  We can’t wait to have a lovely Christmas celebration.

We want to express our deepest gratitude for all of you who are in our lives.  Thank you and Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Success in the New Year.


Sell Sedona Wishes you a Merry Christmas!

Moving To Sedona During Holiday Season?

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Moving During Holiday SeasonIf you are moving to Sedona, Whether Thanksgiving weekend or the full week between Christmas and New Years, the holidays may be the best time, or indeed the only time, you can plan the move to your new Sedona home. Here are some tips and links to make the transition smoother. As always, you can call me (Sheri) at 928-274-7355 for any additional information or recommendations.

Plan ahead

If you have young children, you’ll want to plan a time of holiday celebration, even if it is less elaborate than you normally would. My website provides you with all the information you may need to plan ahead.  Just visit this link in the search communities section.

  • Spending the holidays in a Sedona hotel: If you’ll be in a hotel over the holidays during your move, find one that is planning a holiday celebration. You might work with the hotel staff to schedule a special time to “use” the hotel’s Christmas tree to open your gifts.
  • Make sure you know which Sedona restaurants are open or deliver on the holidays. Since cooking utensils may already be packed away, don’t assume your new kitchen will be up and running. If you’re moving to a new city, knowing which restaurants will be open may require some searching on the Internet or a few phone calls.
  • Bring along some holiday spirit. Even if you’re foregoing traditional gift-giving during your move, take stockings and a few decorations with you.
  • If you’re planning to celebrate in the new home, shop online and have gifts delivered to your new home. Arrange with the local postmaster and delivery services to hold your packages until you arrive, or arrange to have them delivered to a relative or the hotel where you are staying.
  • Choose the gift-wrap option during online shopping. The last thing you need is to be looking for tape and scissors in the midst of all your boxes.

Prepare for hidden costs

While some companies charge less to move over the holidays since demand often is lower, others may charge more because paying for movers and drivers on a holiday costs them more. Before choosing your moving company and a holiday moving date, make sure you know what the costs will be when moving over the holidays. Even if the movers are less expensive, some moving costs that could be higher include:

  • Cable/satellite installers may cost more or be unavailable
  • Plumbers and electricians may charge a premium
  • You may not be able to get the lights or heat turned on until after the holiday
  • There may be more breakage from slips and falls on icy driveways and sidewalks when loading or unloading a truck.

Other tips and considerations

If you need to move during the holidays and want to celebrate at the same time, consider leaving one room set up for your celebration while packing up all the other rooms. Alternatively, plan the actual celebration day at a family member’s home or a hotel. Prioritize packing so that non-essentials are packed first, and if space on your truck allows for it use the last-in-first-out rule so that the items you need to celebrate in your new home are readily available when the truck gets there. If you’re moving a long distance and are driving, check along the way to see if you can take advantage of special holiday celebrations, concerts or events in any cities you pass through.

Hopefully you will

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Sedona Homes For Sale – What Matters In Today’s Market?

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When listing your Sedona home for sale, what really matters?

Sellers take notice.  There are a lot of factors that come into play when you are putting your Sedona home up for sale.  We can talk about decluttering your home and what kind of curb appeal does the home have. There is location, location, location!  The flow of the home is also a consideration as well as how up-to-date it is.  Of course, I would be remiss in not stating the obvious, inventory and how hot the market is – also a factor. All these are important considerations when you sell your home in Sedona or anywhere else.

Pricing – Images, Staging and Syndication

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I would argue that even with the proper pricing which should be influenced by much of what is in the first paragraph, your on-line presence is a huge factor in how much traffic your home will receive both figuratively and literally.

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Great images are a must if you want to keep a buyer motivated.  Part of that on-line traffic develops by how well a home is staged.


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When at all possible you want the home to have a fresh modern feel to it.  Paint and up-to-date furnishings can make a real difference to a buyer.

Village of Oak Creek homes for saleThis home had a nice view, cozy private backyard and plenty of parking. The price point was good.    However, the furnishings were not up to date.  I recommended a staging company come in and tell us what they would do to get this sold.










This picture —> shows that furnishings were pulled away from the window. Rug was updated and the chandelier was pulled out because it was dated. Older furniture was removed and lighter more up-to-date furniture was added. Old furnishings make the house “feel” old.

We spent a week painting the entire inside of the home, lightening up the color giving it a modern feel and we even painted the garage floor. Also changed was some of the lighting fixtures. Within two weeks there were multiple offers on the table.  It was well worth the additional expense!  When pricing a property, there are a lot of intangibles that go into that pricing.  If a seller decides to not put out the expense and just drop the price accordingly that may not work.  You still have to get people to view the home.  When it is just simply a click here or a click there to view a home, you need to understand that challenge and the competition it brings.

In today’s market, if you do not have a commanding presence on the internet, buyers will move on to the next listing.  The competition is stiff.  Syndication is key.  You may want to take this into consideration when looking at which real estate brokerage you will give your listing. this is not an issue if you work with Sheri Sperry.

What are your thoughts and experience about this?

During This Sedona Holiday Season – It’s All About Gratitude….

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The Change of Seasons 

Ahh Sedona! Coming from Southern California where the leaves turn brown during November and either blow off the trees, we never really experienced the change of seasons. Warm Santa Ana winds would let you know November was upon us.

Sedona is in a different climate zone, offering a distinct change of seasons.  My family has been enjoying this Thanksgiving celebration for over a decade now in this beautiful area we call home. I am grateful to have them here. It gives me a chance to let them know how much I appreciate them every day.  But it does not stop there.

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My family is deeply involved in the real estate business.  My husband Rick, colaborates with me on marketing decisions, provides our customers with beautiful pictures of their listings and has created my websites and customer listing websites, as well as our internet presence over the years. He volunteered for 2 years as a site council community representative at our Red Rock High School.


My son, Ricky, helps me and my customers with small maintenance jobs to prepare properties for listing.  My daughter-in-law, Samantha, found herself a job as a receptionist… at my office! Also, Ricky & Samantha volunteer at our local Humane Society.  I have volunteered at our Senior Center serving meals and occassionally filling in as a driver for Meals-On-Wheels.


As for my business,  I am grateful for every buyer and seller who decides they want to work with me.  What that customer does not know is that they become an extension of my family. I will do for them, what others may not.  It is most noticeable with clients who have homes or live in other areas of the country.

Examples of Gratitude

A case in point of a complimentary service for a buyer might be to take pictures of their home while it is being built.  Going out and previewing homes or home sites and taking additional pictures of areas that may not be presented on the MLS. Straight-forward talk on good and not-so-good points of homes a buyer may be looking at.

For those who list with me,  besides offering at no additional charge, premium and luxury services that others will charge for, I watch over absentee owners homes.  I make sure the home is always presentable inside and out.  If that means sweeping a front entrance or changing flowers or a light bulb, I don’t bother the seller with those issues.  I check each listing regularly. When there is a maintenance issue, I will inform the seller and help with scheduling and supervising services.  We also change out pictures as the seasons change or staging and landscaping change. Everything we do is part of the service I offer.

At Closing…

I show my personal gratitude to my family and my customers in a very personalized way once the property closes.  While working with my customers, I listen to what is important to them and I tailor my gratitude to them.  I have picked up staging and moving costs or took care of minor home repair costs etc.. When out-of town buyers come in from thier travel, they have been surprised with a bottle of champagne and gift basket or beautiful house warming gift.

Just a little thank you.  My family and customers mean the world to me and I want them to know that I appreicate their confidence and trust in me.

As For My Goals…

I think I have stated my goals very well on my website at Sheri’s Corner. Something that I started mid year is a monthly newsletter and also a fun newsletter that keeps me in front of my customers. Because of the appreciation I show towards my clients,  referrals are an important part of my business.

I have two business goals tied to Word Class Service with my customers. Close one deal a month (12/year) while making the 100% Club at Re/Max every year.  My personal goals include spending more quality time with my family through special dinners and celebrations along with mini get-aways.

In the Sedona Formula, gratitude is tied to family, friends, work associates and customers alike.  It is a life commitment that takes priority every day of the year but we want to emphasize this positive approach especially during the holiday season.

Happy Holidays!


Having a Thanksgiving Weekend Open House

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Having a Thanksgiving Weekend Open HouseTo have an open house or not to have an open house over the Thanksgiving weekend: that is the question! Many sellers assume that the Thanksgiving holiday weekends and the week between Christmas and New Years Day are less than favorable times to have an open house. Some real estate agents disagree.

Less competition

Often, because both sellers and their agents assume the holidays are off limits, if you have an open house over the holidays, you’ll have less competition. Typically, the number of open houses during the Thanksgiving holiday is less than half what a normal weekend might have. That means your home may get more exposure than it would with more competition for the same day.

More serious buyers

Since many people have that weekend off, it may be the best opportunity for them to go out and look. When the buyer and seller both are serious, a holiday open house can be effective. When the buyers are motivated, they are more than happy to shirk Black Friday shopping in hopes of finding the right house. A recent survey of real estate agents revealed that two-thirds of them believe a Black Friday home seller is more serious and over sixty-one percent believe Black Friday buyers are more serious.

Year-end timing

If a buyer needs to complete the deal prior to the end of the year for financial reasons, the Thanksgiving weekend is the last opportunity for a big push toward that goal. Homebuyers waiting for their year-end bonuses to add to their down payment often take advantage of the holidays to house hunt.


Young couples seeking to relocate nearer to family most often “come home” for the holidays. Since they are in the area anyway, they take the time to see what is available on the market. Exposing your home to buyers during this time may give them the impetus they need to make the move they already want to make.

Winter open house best practices

Holding an open house in winter has both advantages and disadvantages, so here are some best practices to make sure your open house is a success.


  • DON’T over decorate. While buyers may adore your holiday décor, they also want to be able to see the home’s features.
  • DON’T forget to remove holiday feast leftovers. This includes airing out the smells of cooking from the day before. When a home is closed up in the winter, those stale odors linger even though those living in the home no longer smell them.
  • DON’T hang around. Find a special place to take your family while your agent handles your open house. Buyers, even serious buyers, may be uncomfortable asking serious questions with the homeowner present.


  • DO put your pet in a safe place. Strangers in the home can make your pet anxious and potential buyers may find animals frightening or off-putting.
  • DO turn on all the lights. In the winter, the sun sets early, and even a daytime open house may find a cloudy day. Potential buyers prefer light bright rooms. That means windows and blinds should be open as well.
  • DO keep the heat to a comfortable temperature. While your family may prefer it cooler, or you choose to conserve energy by wearing sweaters and extra layers, do not assume your potential buyer will appreciate those efforts.

If you are considering a holiday open house, contact us immediately so that we have advance marketing in place for the best possible turnout.

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“Stuff Happens” How Does Living in 86 SF Grab You?

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Minimalistic Living

I saw this video and was astonished at what this person did with the amount of living space they had to work with.  This is “out-of-the-box” thinking at it’s very best.

Think about this…. I measured my dining room table with two leaves.  It is 8 feet long by 4 feet wide.  86 SF is 2.7 of my tables side by side!  Watch the video below to see how it was accomplished.  Ask yourself,  could you live like this?

Tiny apartment in Paris (8sqm only) from Kitoko Studio on Vimeo.

This video stirred many emotions as I watched it. I remember all too well what it is like to empty a huge home and ask yourself …What am I going to do with all this “stuff”?  What do I keep? What do I get rid of? (etc.-etc.-etc.)!   It was and still is emotionally draining.  I sometimes ask myself, How in the heck did I accumulate so much “stuff”?

There are a lot of questions that a video like this could stir up, either from a personal perspective or from a real estate perspective.  From your personal point of view, have you ever felt guilty because you have so much “stuff”?  Do you feel frustrated that you can’t tackle getting rid of the “stuff”?

Because housing is so expensive for those just starting out in life, is this the alternative that will continue to trend (especially in big cities or metropolitan areas)?

How will this affect the real estate market going forward?

Minimalist – This is a whole different lifestyle. I would love to get there but “stuff happens”!

Here are a couple of links you may be interested in from a minimalistic POV.


Live Like a Minimalist

I would love to know what others in our industry think about this subject…

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